In a small series of tweets posted by Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink-182), it appears that he and Travis Barker (Blink-182 drummer) have been talking about their side-project Box Car Racer, which the two former back in 2001 to pursue darker songs and lyrical topics. At the time, whilst in Blink-182, they were more focused on their hit album, ‘Take Off Your Pants & Jacket’.
Through the project, the band released one self-titled full-length in 2002, which spawned the singles ‘I Feel So’ and ‘There Is’. They also toured briefly off the back of the record before disbanding the project in 2003, reportedly due to tensions between the two bands.
However, it seems that both Delonge and Barker have been talking about the idea of bringing Box Car Racer back to life in a short exchange of tweets recently.
@travisbarker and I had a good conversation today, this time it was a bit more serious and not just a crazy photo that I get suckered into.
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) May 6, 2017
He’s also teased about guests on a (potential) new Box Car Racer album.
Ha- All this talk about Boxcar Racer, who should we have guest on the album? (If there was one) 🙂
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) May 8, 2017
Barker has previously discussed the idea of bringing the project back in an interview with GQ (here), a small excerpt of which can be read below:
“You know, it’s been mentioned [laughs]. That’d be cool, but it’s hard because the last one caused so many problems with Blink. It was weird because at the time I was listening to Stanford Prison Experiment, Pitchfork, Quicksand, Fugazi, all these bands, and Tom [DeLonge] was like, “What the fuck is Quicksand?” He heard it and fell in love and really dived right into that whole post-hardcore genre.
We started writing and had no idea what it was going to be for. I think we were both under the impression in the beginning that it was going to be a Blink album. Then it was like, no let’s do this cool little side project, but we won’t put an album out. Then the label heard it and wanted to put it out. Then there wasn’t going to be a tour, but they were like ah, you can do this tour. It just spiraled out of control… But I don’t know. [Mark’s] not in the band, so would it cause a lot of problems? Would it not? I have no idea. It’s something I can’t even wrap my head around just because I’m so proud of this album that we’re currently supporting. But I love Box Car. It was a cool album and cool sound.”
More news surrounding any chance of a Box Car Racer reunion will be confirmed as (and if) it develops.